Friday, 16 December 2011


Congress is trying its best to not let the Anna phenomena overpower it now. The Lokpal Bill is proceeding on expected lines, and sticking points have more or less been sorted out. Main Anna demand as regards the inclusion of PM seems to be sorted out. Inclusion of Group C and D employees could be taken care of the by the respective Lokayukta's. Team Anna also realizes that they need the support of all parties to get the Bill through, so they would not object to the Centre's proposal for 50% representation to SC/ST in the Lokpal Panel. Once the Lokpal Bill goes through Congress hopes to bring back its image of a go-getter Govt , an image which has certainly taken a beating in recent times.

The FDI proposal for retail and sectors like airlines,education and even fashion industry needs to be discussed and then put across with adequate safeguards. Concerns of the Opposition and Allies in this regard need to be addressed before the decisions are put up for implementation. There should not be any surprise announcements which may trigger off chain reactions. Here's hoping the New Year 2012 brings more cheer for the country and     ends the logjam type situation which has emerged recently. Cheers!

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